FTE NETWORKS, INC. (OTCMKTS:FTNW) Files An 8-K Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
The information disclosed in Item 2.03 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01.
On December 22, 2020, certain wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, the “Borrower”) of US Home Rentals LLC (“USHR”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FTE Networks, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a loan agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) with Anchor Loans LP (the “Lender”) to rehabilitate certain properties that form part of the Company’s single-family rental portfolio. The Borrower issued a promissory note in the principal amount of $1,443,754 to Lender and the Company executed a guaranty in connection with the Loan Agreement. Proceeds from the Loan Agreement were exclusively used to refinance and rehabilitate these properties, pay outstanding property taxes, and other closing costs and expenses incurred in connection with the Loan Agreement.
FTE Networks, inc. (the “Company” or “FTE”) issued a shareholder update. The full text of the letter from interim CEO Michel P. Beys follows.
My last shareholder update was sent on June 9, 2020 and the Company has made considerable progress since then. My role as interim CEO began just over 1 year ago and my focus has been on restoring and preserving value for FTE shareholders, taking corrective action to improve corporate governance for the Company and preparing it for a return to a public stock exchange. In 2021, FTE plans to take the name of our principal subsidiary US Home Rentals LLC (“USHR”) as a major owner and operator of single-family rental (“SFR”) homes across the United States.
USHR’s goal is to become a leading provider of affordable housing in tier 3 and tier 4 markets nationwide, an underserved market segment for which demand has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. USHR is overhauling its portfolio of approximately 3,000 homes and has started renovating and upgrading the homes to segment the portfolio into single-family rentals and “fix-and-flip” class assets.
Update on Exchange Act Reports
As previously reported, FTE appointed a new external independent auditor, Turner Stone & Company, LLP, and dedicated the initial half of 2020 to restating its financial statements, culminating in the filing of our annual report on Form 10-K on May 11, 2020 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, which contains restated audited financials for 2017 and 2018. That was followed by the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 2020.
The Company is working on its reports for 2020, which will include the consolidated financial statements of USHR as our primary business. After those filings are complete, FTE will be current in its Exchange Act reporting obligations and will begin the process to have its common stock relisted for trading.
Update on Operations and Financing
FTE is severely cash constrained and although it has negotiated payment plans and forbearances with its major lenders, the lack of liquidity has hampered its ability to settle and defend legacy disputes with third parties, some of whom have secured favorable outcomes against the Company in their pursuit of remedies under the law. I am, however, happy to report that the Company has closed on financing to begin funding its strategy of upgrading the current homes portfolio, but it requires significant amounts of additional financing to sustain its current operations. FTE has been working with our investment banking partners to raise this capital from additional debt and equity capital funding sources.
FTE hired real estate executive Munish Bansal as CEO of USHR. Mr. Bansal was previously CFO at Home Partners of America, a major SFR operator. Prior to Home Partners, Mr. Bansal was a mortgage professional at JP Morgan and CapitalOne. Mr. Bansal is running day-to-day operations at USHR and will assume the role of CEO for the Company within 30 days following the resumption of trading of our common stock.
Additionally, after careful consideration and deliberation, the Company has decided to exit its infrastructure subsidiary, Jus-Com, Inc., as part of a strategic plan to focus exclusively on expanding the SFR real estate business.
In closing, FTE’s Board of Directors and I believe we have completed much of the work we started last year in re-stating the Company’s financial statements, restoring good governance, and integrating the newly acquired real estate business. We appreciate the support and patience of all the Company’s stakeholders and wish you and your family good health and a prosperous 2021.
Michael P. Beys
Forward Looking Statements
This letter may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on our current beliefs, expectations, and assumptions regarding the future of our business, favorable litigation and arbitration outcomes, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and market trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of our control. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, the Company’s actual results and performance could differ materially from those set forth in these forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Currently, one of the most significant factors is the Company’s liquidity constraints and the potential adverse effect of unfavorable litigation or similar disputes, compounded by the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and performance of the Company and its tenants, partners and employees, as well as the real estate market and the global economy and financial markets. For further discussion of the factors that could affect outcomes, please refer to the risk factors set forth in Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on November 5, 2020, and subsequent filings by the Company with the SEC. Our actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this letter is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
About FTE Networks, Inc.
FTE Networks, Inc. (“FTE”) through its subsidiary US Home Rentals, owns, operates and invests in affordable rental housing in tier 3 and 4 markets. Single family home rentals (SFR) is large, growing and attractive market. Nationally, home rentals are growing faster than home ownership. With a portfolio of approximately 3,000 affordable rental homes across the United States, FTE is one of the few companies that has a strong and established portfolio of assets for the affordable rental housing market.
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FTE Networks, Inc.
237 W. 35th Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10001
The information contained in this Item 7.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, is furnished to Item 7.01 of Form 8-K and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, except as shall be expressly stated by specific reference in such filing.
About FTE NETWORKS, INC. (OTCMKTS:FTNW)
FTE Networks, Inc., (FTE Networks) is a provider of international and regional telecommunications and technology systems, and infrastructure services. The Company’s segments are Telecommunications and Staffing. It also offers managed information technology, telecommunications services, subscriber-based services and staffing solutions through its subsidiaries, Jus-Com, Inc. (doing business as FTE Network Services), FTE Wireless, LLC and Focus Venture Partners, Inc. (doing business as FVP Worx). Its services include engineering consulting, design, installation, maintenance and emergency response in various categories, including cabling, equipment installation and configuration, rack and stack, wiring build-outs, infrastructure build-outs, direct current power installation, online service provider/Internet service provider fiber placement, fiber cable splicing and testing. In the wireless space, it provides engineering, design, installation and upgrade of wireless communications networks.